DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage
Dear Friend in the Lord,
Faith – Depth?: In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees and scribes questioned Jesus on why His disciples did not observe the cleansing rituals of the hands before eating. Jesus pointed out their hypocrisy, of honouring God with “lip-service”. Ponder on, “Is my faith, hope and love for God deep, committed and sincere?”
Fr Philip Heng, S.J.
Mark 7:1-2, 5-8
The Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered round Jesus, and they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with unclean hands, that is, without washing them.
So the Pharisees and scribes asked him, ‘Why do your disciples not respect the tradition of the elders but eat their food with unclean hands?’ He answered, ‘How rightly Isaiah prophesied about you hypocrites in the passage of scripture: This people honours me only with lip-service, while their hearts are far from me. Their reverence of me is worthless; the lessons they teach are nothing but human commandments. You put aside the commandment of God to observe human traditions.’